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Job fears as Wrexham factory to close

Published date: 04 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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BOSSES at a wire company are refusing to rule out job losses after announcing the closure of a Wrexham factory.

Caparo Wire, which currently split operations between two factories on Wrexham Industrial Estate, announced the plan after a strategic review of its UK sites.

And now the 120 employees across the two sites face an anxious wait as a 30-day consultation is launched ahead of any changes.

Jason Pay, director of Caparo Industries, said it would be “unfair to say” whether the consolidation of work into one factory would result in redundancies.

He added: “We have a consultation commencing next week and any risk to jobs will be discussed as part of that consultation.”

Mr Pay said the West Midlands-based company was also looking to expand its testing and distribution arms and was considering the closed factory as a potential option for expansion.

Factory one produces cold heading wire, galvanised wire and engineering wire, with 60 per cent of its output exported to Europe, China and the USA.

And factory two, located only 500 yards away, produces baling, bedding and seating wire.

A statement released by managing director Kevin Mansell said: “Included within the strategic review it has been resolved that Caparo will continue to participate actively in the premium wire market.

“It is proposed that this will be best served by consolidating the company wire production facilities into one site currently known as Factory 1.

“This will allow the company to focus and invest in the premium wire markets and position the business on a solid footing now and in the future. It is further proposed that the facility currently known as Factory 2 will be reserved for the expansion of the UK group’s steel distribution and testing technologies businesses.

“This may offer new employment prospects in the short to medium term.

“A formal consultation process will commence from today.

“It is the company’s wish that this process will result in a definitive course of action for the business as soon as possible.”

Caparo operates in more than 80 locations around the world and employs more than 10,000 people.

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